Lower Peninsula Hall of Fame will induct Mike Tomlin, Aaron Brooks, 4 others

The 2011 inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame of the Lower Virginia Peninsula are Gary Bodie,

Aaron Brooks

, Vince Brown, William E. "Willie" Brown, Buddy Lex and

Mike Tomlin


The induction banquet will be held in Hampton on May 15, 2011. For more event and ticket information, the public can call (757) 727-8314.

GARY BODIE He is a longtime leader in the area sailing community. Bodie graduated Hampton High School and from California Institute of Technology. He coached at Old Dominion, the Naval Academy and

Hampton University

where his teams won 15 national championships. In 1998, he was named as the United States' Olympic coach and coached the team for three

Olympic Games


AARON BROOKS He is a former

National Football League

quarterback with Green Bay, New Orleans and Oakland. Brooks graduated from Ferguson High School and the

University of Virginia

. At Virginia, he was the starting quarterback on the 1998 team that played in the Peach Bowl. He retired in 2007 as the Saints' franchise leader in season and career touchdown passes.


VINCE BROWN The longtime track and field coach at

Christopher Newport University

compiled an outstanding record during his 25 years at the school. Brown's teams won 12 national team championships and 61 individual and relay Division III national titles and his athletes amassed an incredible 444 All-America honors. Before CNU, he coached in Southwestern Virginia at Chilhowie and Blacksburg as well as Hampton High School.

WILLIE BROWN Brown played basketball, football and ran track at Carver High School and the Apprentice School. He became a basketball official who worked games from the high school level to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Brown has been a long-time supporter, volunteer for Virginia

Special Olympics

, and has been instrumental in the operation of the

Boo Williams

Summer League basketball program for 25 years.

BUDDY LEX Lex graduated from Newport News High School and the

College of William and Mary

, where he was a triple-threat tailback. In 1949, Lex threw 18 touchdown passes, a national record at that time. Also in 1949, Lex was runner-up to

Sam Snead

as the state's athlete of the year. Lex also played basketball in high school and was a two-year starter at William and Mary.

MIKE TOMLIN Tomlin is a graduate of Denbigh High School and the College of William and Mary. He played football at both schools and then began his coaching career. After stops as an assistant coach at VMI and several other colleges, he moved on to the NFL with Tampa Bay and Minnesota. On Jan. 22, 2007, Tomlin was named head coach of the

Pittsburgh Steelers

and in 2008, he coached the Steelers to the

Super Bowl


A nominee must be either a native of the Lower Peninsula (the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County), and /or resided 10 or more years of his/her life on the Lower Peninsula before taking up residence elsewhere, or be a permanent resident. The inductee must be at least 25 years old.